New Breed, The
Band members Related acts
- Terry Brady -- lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar,
- Terry Calaman -- bass, backing vocals
- Augie Diez -- lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Jim Mills -- lead vocals, drums, keyboards
- Chet Nace -- trumpet
- Ed Strohm --
- none known
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Title: The Many Moods of the New Breed
Company: New Breed Records
Country/State: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Grade (cover/record): VG+ /VG+
Comments: minor corner wear
GEMM catalog ID: 4251
This was the first 'collectable' album I ever bought. 'Course at the time I didn't know it was collectable, which may explain why I paid $2 for it. Ah, the ignorance of youth.
So how to describe this one? Perhaps the best description is that this one serves as a textbook example of a good bar band in action, although these guys sounded a bit older than most of their contemporaries and they actually seem to have had more talent and enthusiasm ...
The force behind the band was apparently singer/drummer Jim Mills. Mills paid his bills working as a DJ (Jim Jefferson) at Carlisle, PA's WHYL. The rest of the line up consisted of guitarist Terry Brady who made his living as a printer. Guitarist Augie Dietz managed a carpet department in a home furnishings store. Bassist Terry Calaman was a home remodeler. Together the four friends (along with horn players Chet Nace and Ed Strohm) started playing dances and clubs throughout central Pennsylvania.
1970 saw them record and release the self-produced "The Many Moods of the New Breed". Released on their own New Breed label (one assumes they sold copies at their live shows), the album offered up a mixture of nifty original numbers and popular soul and pop hits. Opening an album with a cover of 'Shotgun' probably wasn't the most original move in the book, but these guys managed to make it work. Propelled by Mills frantic drumming and his enthusiastic blue-eyed soul vocals (to my ears he sounded a little like the guy in The Flaming Ember who sang 'Westbound # 9'), the result was one of the better Motown covers I've heard. As good as the group's covers were, the five Brady and Mills penned originals were even better. The only original on the first side, the molten 'Rockbustin Blues' served to show these guys were rockers at heart. Showcasing a great fuzz lead guitar, side two started out with another winner in the form of the blues-rocker Mississippi Delta' (crank it up), while the other three originals on side two were just as good. The only disappointment was the closer "Never Ending Song of Love" which sounded like it was being performed for an audience of polka fans - don't think Delaney and Bonnie would pick it as their favorite cover version. Not an album for anyone looking for sophistication and cutting edge creativity. Their blue-eyed soul moves ('When Something Is Wrong with My Baby') probably wouldn't appeal to hardcore rock fans and there were also occasional horns that would put off some folks. On the other hand they sounded like they were having fun throughout the collection. All told one of my favorite finds and a group I bet was a ton of fun to hear at a local club !!!
1.) Shotgun (Autry Dewalt) - 4:31
2.) Try Me (James Brown) - 3:04
3.) Rockbustin Blues (Terry Brady - Jim Mills) - 4:38
4.) When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (David Porter - Isaac Hayes) - 3:03
1.) Mississippi Delta (Terry Brady - Jim Mills) - 5:46
2.) In the Wind (Terry Brady - Jim Mills) - 3:08
3.) Don't Jive (Terry Brady - Jim Mills) - 3:15
4.) Unlock Your Mind (Terry Brady - Jim Mills) - 3:10
5.) Never Ending Song of Love (Delaney Bramlett) - 2:04
BACK TO BADCAT FRONT PAGE
BACK TO BADCAT CATALOG PAGE
BACK TO BADCAT PAYMENT INFORMATION